About the Fund

The Veterans Business Fund (VBF) is a not-for profit organization. It was established in response to the high unemployment rate among veterans, many of whom are well qualified through their military experience to become successful small business owners but lack sufficient equity capital to qualify for a small business loan.

VBF was established to assist veterans by providing them with the supplemental capital required to satisfy the equity requirements for a small business loan. The VBF provides capital to veterans in the form of a non interest bearing loan with very favorable repayment terms. All principal paid to The Fund will be made available to future veteran entrepreneurs who also require assistance in meeting the equity requirements for small business loans. The VBF is supported by Syracuse University's Burton Blatt Institute; the International Franchise Association's VetFran Program; SCORE supported by SBA to provide counseling to small businesses; and many other organizations and programs.

The Veterans Business Fund Board of Directors

Robert Tannenhauser
CEO of Ruxton Capital Group LLC
Alvin Sarter
CEO, Treuhold Capital Group
Mike Rozman
Co-President, BoeFly

The Veterans Business Fund Advisory Board

Peter Blanck
Chairman, Syracuse University's Burton Blatt Institute
Richard Bradshaw
Head of SBA at TD Bank, NA
Captain USAF (Ret.), Graduate of USAF Academy
Steve Caldeira
CEO, the International Franchise Association
Julie Houston
SBA Division President, U.S. Bank
Darrell Johnson
President and CEO, FRANData
Gordon Logan
CEO and Founder, Sport Clips, Inc.
USAF pilot 1969-1974
Jeff Nager
SBA Division Executive, SunTrust
Penn Ritter
President and CEO, Business Lenders
Steve Smits
General Manager, Live Oak Bank
Former Associate Administrator of the Small Business Administration
David Starfield
Managing Partner, Starfield & Smith, P.C.
Mary Kennedy Thompson
President Mr. Rooter Corporation
Tony Wilkinson
President & CEO, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
Ken Yancey

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